Aveiro, Portugal, often faces flood risks arising from oceanic storms and high tides. It also suffers from rain flooding through rivers to the lagoon.  

The canal-crossed city has a history of manual flood management and is addressing gaps in community awareness. The city lab will focus on the immediate area around Aveiro to develop understanding of the main freshwater basin that feeds the urban canals, which cross the city centre. Through locally rooted co-creation processes, diverse nature-based solutions will be designed and evaluated collaboratively with the communities. The blue and green infrastructure will address a range of purposes, including recreation, bicycle and pedestrian routes, biodiversity preservation, and their contributions to climate action and resilience.